Tropical system headed for Gulf states this weekend

Tropical system headed for Gulf states this weekend

Tropical system headed for Gulf states this weekend

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It has a 90% chance of developing within the next 48 hours, and the chances remain the same through the next five days.

Tropical Storm Claudette formed early Saturday morning and was tracked moving along the Gulf Coast before it made landfall.

Millions of people across the South are bracing for a tropical storm that is threatening to dump heavy rain along the Gulf Coast.

So how will this impact our forecast in the Mid-State for the weekend?

The system was sporting 45 miles per hour winds and was moving to the north near 16 miles per hour.

Nevertheless, the storm was expected to produce heavy rainfall and life-threatening flash flooding across coastal MS and Alabama, and the far western Florida Panhandle through the afternoon. A slow northeast motion across the southeastern United States is likely after landfall through the weekend. The next name on our tropical storm list is "Claudette".

A tropical storm warning was posted for the US coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle on Friday as a weather system in the Gulf of Mexico strengthened and marched north, according to the National Hurricane Center. "These winds will spread inland and continue through this afternoon", the NHC warned in a Twitter post.

The storm is expected to produce total rainfall of 3-6 inches (7-15 centimeters) with isolated amounts of 8 inches (20 centimeters) across the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, according to the forecast. Other areas of Louisiana, from Cameron to Intracoastal City and Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas, and the area between the Mississippi/Alabama and Alabama/Florida borders could see between 1 and 3 feet of storm surge.

Julia Musto is a reporter for Fox News Digital.

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